This Vintages release promotes Mediterranean and Australian wines. Of the 100 plus wines , only one is out of Croatia, and two are from Greece.
Australia is represented with 14 wines, with a few shiraz, one shiraz blend, one sauvignon blanc, one cabernet sauvignon, one riesling one bland, and a few others. Three styles cover the selection of white wines those being aromatic, crisp and light, rich and deeply flavoured.
Australia produces a much larger range of grape varieties and styles including outstanding dessert wines. The original objective of Vintages was to introduce rare wines from different regions and relatively less known grape varieties.
Now the trend has shifted to more popular grape varieties and countries.
The reasons for this shift are probably to boost sales.
US 1 Original Small batch Sour mash Whiskey, Richter, Kentucky
A delicately oaked, and easy-to-drink American whiskey at 43 per cent ABV. Profound apple flavour on the mid-palate makes this whiskey very appealing.
Vermu Blanco Nordesia. Galicia, Spain
This albarino-based fortified wine infused with herbs and spices as well as an appealing sweetness is likely to appeal to all wine enthusiasts who like sherry. 86/100
Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine, 2014, Tawse, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Aromas of strawberry jam and spice abound. The wine is exquisitely balanced, smooth with depth of raspberry flavours.
200 ml., $ 34.95
Brute Rose Champagne, Bollinger, Champagne, France
Saturated pink colour. Playful strawberry aromas, underlined by rose scents.
In the mouth the wine bursts with apple/cherry flavours. Outstanding mousse.
Riesling Brut, Schloss Reinhartshausen, Rheingau, Germany
Brut Regence, Brimoncourt, Champagne, France
Perle d’Aurore Brut Rose, L. Bouillot, Cremant de Bourgogne, Burgundy, France
Cuvee No 739 Extra Brut, Jaquesson, Champagne, France
Wild Bouquet Chardonnay, 2014, Fowles Wines, Victoria, Australia
Saturated yellow colour, A “juicy” ripe, with tropical fruit flavours, and good acid back-bone makes this wine and excellent candidate for cream-sauced pastas, cold cuts, roast loin of pork, roast chicken, chicken breast with peppers, and cauliflower and tarragon.
Arroyo Vista Chardonnay, 2014, J. Lohr, Monterey County, California
Chardonnay, 2014, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California
Cockfighters Ghost Semillon, 2014, Hunter Valley, Australia
Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, 2016, Sacred Hill, Marlborough, New Zealand
Tournon Mathilda, 2014, M. Chapoutier, Victoria, Australia
Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, California
Dense ruby/purple colour. a blend of cabernet sauvignon (95 per cent ), merlot (4), and malbec (1) smells of ripe berries, full bodied with spicy and earthy aromas. Long aftertaste. Cellar for eight to 10 years.
Nerello Mascalese, 2014, Tornatore, Sicily, Italy
Dark pink tending to red in colour. Expect aromas of violets, raspberries and spices. In the mouth, wild cherry, raspberry and herbal flavours unfold. an excellent food wine for grilled lamb, or veal, veal stews, or pork roasts.
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2012, Tommasi, Veneto, Italy
Dark brilliant red. Anticipate dried fruit aromas, and smooth full body at 15 per cent abv. Well-balanced, deeply-flavoured classic amarone to enjoy on its own with a chunk of aged Parmegiano reggiano, or game roast or stew.
Rioja Reserva, 2011, Vina Salceda, rioja, Spain
Seleccion de Familia Reserva, 2009, Lealtanza, Spain
Reserve Meritage, 2015, Peninsula Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2014, La Crema, California
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Sequoia Grove, Napa valley, California
Chateau Beau Site, 2011, St Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Oreno, 2013, Tenuta Sette Ponti, Tuscany, Italy